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The UK Data Service provides access to, and support for, the use of an extensive range of key economic and social data, spanning many disciplines and themes. Find out about us.

Our search and browse application, Discover, provides access to data and related resources, such as case studies, support guides and publications. Discover contains over 6,000 digital data collections for research and teaching purposes. 

Using our data

Anyone can register for our service but access to our resources may differ depending on your affiliation.

Academic
Public Sector
Voluntary Sector
Commercial

Can I use data from your collection?

What happens if my use is defined as 'commercial'? 

I'm not sure if my use is 'commercial', what should I do?

How do I register with you?

Will I have to pay to use data from your collection?

Are there any restrictions on use by commercial organisations?

How do I download data?

 

Can I use data from your collection?

Yes you can. The open data we hold are available without the need to register. However, if you require access to safeguarded data, and your intended use is defined as 'non-commercial' according to the definition below, then you will need to register with us.

  • Non-commercial use: Any individual employed by, or undertaking research for, any organisation, may use data even if this entails monetary reward, where a public good results from the use. Public good can be defined as an activity which widens access to information sourced from our collection and has social or economic benefit

 

What happens if my use is defined as 'commercial'?

If your use is defined as 'commercial', according to the definition below, then you will need to sign a commercial agreement and we will have to obtain permission from the data owner before any data can be made available to you. Details will be sent to you once we have received your order:

  • Commercial use: Research is defined as 'commercial' where a direct objective is to generate revenue and/or where data are requested for sale, resale, loan, transfer or hire.

 

I'm not sure if my use is 'commercial', what should I do?

If you are unsure whether your use is 'commercial', please get in touch and we will advise you.

 

How do I register with you?

Details on how to register are available from our commercial users page.

 

Will I have to pay to use data from your collection?

If your use is 'commercial' then your request will be subject to an administrative charge. Details are available from our charges page. There is no charge for data used for non-commercial purposes.

 

Are there any restrictions on use by commercial organisations?

  • users from commercial organisations are not permitted access to some international macrodata due to our data redistribution licence agreements with the data providers/service funders. However, selected international macrodata are available to everyone
  • Special Licence studies and those that require users to be accredited by the UK Statistics Authority as an Approved Researcher, are not available for commercial purposes. You can, however, apply to use these data if your use is 'non-commercial'
  • controlled data via the Secure Lab are not available to users from commercial organisations

Each study has a Discover record and details of any restrictions will be found in the 'Access conditions' section.


How do I download data?

Information on how to download or order data from our collection is available from our download/order pages.

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